W.Va. oil and gas safety panel starts work at first meeting

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – A panel appointed by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has started its study of safety within the oil and natural gas industry.

The Oil and Natural Gas Industry Safety Commission gave a broad overview of issues during its first meeting Thursday at the Capitol.

The group heard presentations on federal safety regulations, state well site safety plans, pipeline safety and trucking safety related the industry.

The panel includes legislators and the secretaries of the Departments of Environmental Protection, Commerce, Transportation and Military Affairs and Public Safety.

The commission is tasked with helping state officials determine how to best protect workers and how to ensure that workers have proper training and skills.

The group faces a Nov. 16 deadline to issue its final report.

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